Film School: How to Make A Documentary (with In Depth Cine)

'5 Steps To Shooting A Documentary' | In Depth Cine '5 Steps To Shooting A Documentary' | In Depth Cine

Tips for your approach, from the overall vision to the nuts-and-bolts of realising it.

In Depth Cine identifies their five steps for working on a documentary project (including managing your subjects and your own expectations):

  1. Identify the content
  2. Gear
  3. Visual Style
  4. Sound
  5. Coverage

Of particular note is this approach, as a single camera operator, to capturing both speaker and reaction (or shot / reverse-shot):

'5 Steps To Shooting A Documentary' | In Depth Cine
‘5 Steps To Shooting A Documentary’ | In Depth Cine

Further Viewing

Documentarian and cinematographer Mark Bone has an entire series on his approaches to and experience with documentary storytelling: